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The Greenburgh Chapter of the NAACP to host public forum on Edgemont’s Future
On Thursday, March 30th at 7pm at the Edgemont Seely Place Elementary School located at 51 Seely Place in Scarsdale, the Greenburgh Chapter of the NAACP will host a public forum on Edgemont’s future to explore potential impacts of Edgemont separating from the Town of Greenburgh. The presentation will feature Lena Anderson, President of the Greenburgh/White Plains Chapter of the NAACP and longtime community leader, along with other community members from Edgemont and Greenburgh (list of confirmed panelists will be forthcoming). Audience members will have the opportunity to submit questions and comments on index cards only.
The NAACP is concerned about the impact of Edgemont incorporation on lower income families who live in the Town of Greenburgh and on the livelihoods of sanitation, police and municipal workers. If Edgemont breaks away from unincorporated Greenburgh, the town potentially could lose $17.5 million dollars a year, jeopardizing the current level of support provided to the Theodore Young Community Center, and other programs and services around town. The Edgemont residents advocating for incorporation are pushing for privatization of sanitation which will lead to layoffs of public works employees. A referendum could be held in June of this year and only Edgemont residents will be able to vote according to New York State Law.
Edgemont residents could potentially experience reduced services and higher taxes in the event that Edgemont separates legally from the Town of Greenburgh. Edgemont residents need to carefully decide whether the risks of incorporation are worth the perceived benefits in terms of control over local zoning and land use decisions. This NAACP community forum will offer Edgemont and Greenburgh residents the opportunity to explore a variety of perspectives on the subject of Edgemont Incorporation.
The NAACP mission is to “ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.” Anderson approaches the issue of Edgemont Incorporation from the framework of a social and economic equality perspective. All residents of the Town of Greenburgh deserve the high level of services that they are currently receiving. As Anderson explained, “We all have a duty to work together for solutions. Putting up walls between the haves and have-nots only exacerbates the tensions caused by the growing wealth divide in our society.”
Michael Schwartz, a member of a committee of Edgemont residents opposing incorporation, stated "although the EIC (Edgemont Incorporation Campaign) is correct that Edgemont's share of Real Estate Taxes is greater than others in Greenburgh, it is clearly less costly to remain a part of Greenburgh than go off on our own. The EIC financial feasibility study needs to be carefully reviewed for quality, accuracy and reliability, and Edgemont residents need to fully understand the range of risks involved regarding unexpected expenses and lost services.” Members of the EIC have been invited to serve on the panel. ... See MoreSee Less
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